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You Too? Blog Tour + Book Review

You Too bannerThis is my stop during the blog tour for You Too? by Janet Gurtler. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 24 January. See the tour schedule here.

You Too?

Edited by Janet Gurtler.

Genre: Non-fiction.

Age category: Young Adult, New Adult

Release Date: January 7, 2020

You Too

Blurb: A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.

You can find You Too? on Goodreads.

You can buy You Too? here:- Amazon ebookAmazon hardcopyBarnes & NobleKoboIndieboundIndigo.


My thought on the book

“But we need to keep talking about the hard stuff. And we need to listen. We need to hear from survivors. We need to work toward making this world a place where other people will be able to say with confidence “NOT ME”. It never happened to me.”

This book is important – so, so important. It highlights issues you don’t want to think about, including – sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Although, this book is aimed at teenagers, I think adults can also learn a lot from this book. It doesn’t brush anything under the carpet – in fact it bravely fought for attention, letting everyone know that this isn’t ok. It covers the challenges we face in today’s (and in past) societies. It shows how harassment and ‘harmless fun’ is anything but and needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, to let everyone know that it shouldn’t be happening. I think this book will make people who’ve experienced these issues feel heard and less alone. And just because someone may not be physically harmed, it can still live with them for a long time. I also think it will make teens aware that their actions have consequences, and can still damage someone for many years after the original event.

It was painful, but also empowering and inspiring. Everyone who contributed to this book is amazing and brave. The raw honesty in which they told their stories was something I cannot describe.

The beauty of sharing, of people coming together to share their experiences – their raw, personal and painful experiences were inspiring, and I think it will help people who’ve been through these things.

Although aimed at teens, I would recommend this to everyone who has the chance to read it. I have never read a book like it and I hope that it will be read for many years to come.


About the author

Janet Gurtler is a Rita finalist whose young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Calgary Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a Golden Retriever named Betty White.

You can find and contact Janet Gurtler here:- WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramGoodreadsAmazon

Book Review | Half Wild by Sally Green

Title – Half Wild.

Author – Sally Green.

Publication Date – 24th March 2015.

Publisher – Viking Juvenile.

Series Status – 2nd book in the Half Wild trilogy.


Synopsis

In a modern day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen year old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run-but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.’

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My thought on the book

May contain minor spoilers for the 1st book – Half Bad.

I am in love with this series. It’s so beautiful yet so dark and most definitely addicting.

I felt bad for Nathan, again. Faced with this impossible task of killing his own father or the girl he‘s in love with will die. He annoyed me at times though. I felt like he was so ungrateful and he seemed to get more and more angry as the book went on. Nathan is definitely a ‘love to hate‘ character for me.

The first 100 pages or so were slower than the first book but the rest of the book made up for that. There was a lot of action but there was also a focus on the relationships between the characters which I loved.

Gabriel was my favourite character but I did think he was way too good for Nathan. Nathan led him on and wasn’t honest about his feelings.

I never liked Annalise. I don’t know why but there was something about her that angered me and I did not trust her at all. I kept getting annoyed at Nathan for trying to save her. I didn’t want Nathan and Annalise together at all and their scenes infuriated me.

Marcus was pretty much as I expected him to be – cold and angry. I never imagined he’d have a soft spot for his son though and you can tell he cares about what happens to his son.

I don’t like love triangles full stop, but this one angered me more than most. I wanted Nathan and Gabriel together and I kept raging because Annalise kept getting in the way. I will admit I wanted to punch Nathan in the face because of the way he kept treating a Gabriel.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable read even though the start was slow. I’m excited for the last book in the series even though it will probably rip my heart out.


About the author

‘British author Sally Green is creator of the Half Bad Trilogy, a teen fantasy series with an adult edge that’s been described as ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four with witches.

Sally Green lives in north-west England. In 2010, she started writing and hasn’t stopped since.’

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